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    11-08-2012, 10:51 PM
Question Rearing Problems

Sorry I am new to this forum but I have recently bought a new 4yr old unbroke mare. I was told when I bought her that she was high-spirited which I found out that she rears when she doesn't want to do something. This is what I am guessing they meant, but to me its not her being high spirited, I think she has previously gotten her way when she reared up. I have tried to work her through it and tried pulling her down when she starts to go up. Once she realizes that she won't get her way with me she'll quit until the next day then tries again. It almost seems as though she's doing it to not listen, not out of fear. I am at a loss of what to try as what I have been told or researched to do isn't working. I have a colt breaking class next semester which is why I bought this mare but do not want to get on a horse that rears when she doesn't get her way as it is very unsafe. Does anyone have any advice?
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    11-09-2012, 12:35 AM
I would back her up aggressively! She is not doing that out of fear by the sounds of it but to get out of doing it because she doesn't understand what you want or lack of respect. If you have a training stick, whack her with it and keep walking at her and make her back up.......a couple years ago we had a heavy horse (3yr. Old) come here for training and he would rear, strike and bite at us but after backing him he finally gave up. We would start off backing him, he would rear, strike or try to bite but we had to keep at him and after not too long he finally quit it. Just be safe about it, I don't know your mare and whether she would be aggressive with you or not......start with the backing out of your space first.....
    11-09-2012, 01:12 AM
Thank you will definitely try that tomorrow. She doesn't seem like she's aggressive when she goes to rear but its more of the lack of respect, like I said that's probably was how she got out of things with her previous owners and that's why they got rid of her, saying she was too high-spirited. They got her thinking shed be good for her daughter who was maybe 13 and just beginning to ride, so not a good combination there but I will try the method you gave me. Thank you so much.
    11-09-2012, 01:18 AM
I'd pull her over backwards
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    11-09-2012, 01:26 AM
Uhm ... please, please PLEASE be extremely cautious with this. This nasty little habit can get you seriously hurt ... or worse.

I have no advice for you as I completely refuse to deal with a rearing horse. If it is NOT pain related, I'd encourage you to seek help before attempting to do any of this yourself.
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    11-09-2012, 01:35 AM
My mare joy used to rear up. She didn't understand what I wanted and she was scared of the lunge whip. Are you sure it's not a body language problem on your part? I found out that's what me and Joys problems were she hasn't reared since. Do not pull her purposely backwards if you did it wrong you could do more damage than good. If it is a respect thing disengage her hind end that is a safer way to stop the rearing. What are you wanting her to do when she rears up exactly????
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    11-09-2012, 01:38 AM
Backing is one of the best ways to teach a horse respect, if a horse backs they loose the game. To get the horse to back up out of your space, ask first and then take your training stick and whap in the chest area...walking towards her. It doesn't sound like she's aggressive but more on the lazy side.....just be careful, rearing can be pretty dangerous!
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    11-09-2012, 01:56 AM
Originally Posted by Janna    
I'd pull her over backwards
I wouldn't, back her up, or get her turning, don't try and pull her pver
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    11-09-2012, 03:44 AM
Pharly used to rear on me when he wanted his way and backing him up is what definitely what worked for me.
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    11-09-2012, 03:49 AM
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Just remember that backing up a dominant horse in an agressive manner can provoke him to rear and even strike. And backing up a fearful horse can do just the same, flip him over (and that is a risk of SERIOUS injuries) or strain his back muscles, plus base your relationships on force, not understanding.

I'd step back to the part of groundwork that is still comfortable for the horse and managable for you, and build his confidence, respect and trust from there.
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